Fashion Week Newcomers

Rosario Dawson

For a luxury clothing brand, showing at a major Fashion Week is the ultimate mark of prestige. Below are six lines that made their New York Fashion Week debuts this fall.

Monse Try Again 3    Monse Try Again   Monse Try Again 2


Monse was started by two prominent people from the Oscar de la Renta team: studio director Laura Kim and principal designer Feranando Garcia.

Phelan Try Again 2    Phelan Try Again


Phelan is a progressive line founded by Amanda Phelan, who was inspired by light, shadow, and memory. A performance by contemporary dance company Vim Vigor kicked off the show.

Studio 189

Studio 189 was founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah and is headquartered in Ghana. The concept behind the line is to “champion African and African-inspired content through an artisan-produced collection.”


Rosario Dawson     Designer Abrima Erwiah

Brandon Maxwell Try Again    Brandon Maxwell Try Again 3   Brandon Maxwell Try Again 2







Brandon Maxwell

Founder Brandon Maxwell is a celebrity stylist, known especially for styling Lady Gaga’s classic, understated look of late. Despite Maxwell’s lack of design training, the line was superbly cut and constructed.

Cadet Try Again    Cadet Try Again 3    Cadet Try Again 2


Designers Raul Arevalo and Brad Schmidt were finalists of the 2015 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition. They presented two menswear collections last year before making their womenswear debut this season.

Clear by Kai Milla Try Again 3    Clear by Kai Milla Try Again 2   Clear by Kai Milla Try Again

Clear by Kai Milla

Designer Kai Milla presented an eponymous collection in 2010. This season Milla debuted a new line, Clear.


Bringheli, Lorenzo — Rosario Dawson photo

Chinsee, George — Monse photos

Eichner, Steve — Studio 189 photos

Giannoni, Giovanni — Cadet photos

Iannaccone — Clear by Kai Milla photos, Phelan photos

Mitra, Robert — Brandon Maxwell photos